Oneself Apart From Society

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Human beings have eternally been built for connection. Throughout our time, the growth and demise of different civilizations, we’ve always been apart of a greater group, family, or community that has not allowed us to be lonely singularities. Simultaneously, philosophers have also emphasized to us the importance and value of independent thinking and meaningful solitude. To hold oneself apart from society, is to begin to think one 's way beyond it. In the today that we live in, we tend to beg for validation from anyone and everyone who may offer- family, friend, lovers- and in recent decades, we’ve extended our efforts to acquaintances, friends of friends, and not uncommonly- total strangers. Social media (SM) was created in mind of being …show more content…
In another study, two Psychologists from Cambridge University summed up the experience of 2,250 adults, who were asked to report how they were feeling and what they were doing at the present moment. The majority responded with the statement that their minds were wandering when they provided the report. 43% of people were thinking positively, in contrast to the 27% who answered that they were thinking negatively. (Killingsworth) For someone with a wandering mind, the idea of being in solitude and engrossed with important thoughts is anything but pleasant. Therefore people find ways to engage or involve themselves in a way that offers instant gratification. Enter technology and social media, the most convenient, easy way for a mind to meander without a definite purpose. That’s what modern technology is intended for, satisfying the need of people to busy themselves. However, rather than making them happier and more connected, this behavior drives them toward an inert state …show more content…
Solitude is a constructive state, happily having yourself as the only company you need. Self reflection, sustained reading, discovery and practice of personal interests and likes are unquestionably essential to becoming the definition of an individual. We can use this time as research for leads to personal growth and good decisions. Technology and it’s high frequencies take people away from this state. When they become dependent on apps, tools, platforms and websites, technology consumes every aspect and moment of their free time. When there isn’t time for contemplative solitude, people become lonelier than ever before A key factor of social interaction is the sense of community from individuals who function towards a common ground and goal. The obsessive participation in the world of social media isn’t social at all. We are fed pretty pictures and details of others’ grass, it’s hard to believe it isn’t greener than our own. Time spent on a screen leads to addiction. It encourages users to reside in a parallel universe, where they face no consequence for their tangents of improper

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